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I am building a castle with at least four towers in Minecraft. Each tower needs 10 Jack ‘o' Lanterns, but I have only found 20 pumpkins yet.

Do pumpkins really occur at random, or are there places I should look? I have found 14 in grass and 6 in snow so far.

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You can now plant the pumpkins you do have and grow more; that doesn't answer the issue of where to find your first batch, but for posterity, once you find that batch you're good to go. –  Yamikuronue Jul 8 '13 at 13:16
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I've found a number of pumpkin groups in forests, others (like yourself) have found them in grassland and snow. Unfortunately, the code for generating pumpkins looks like this:

if (rand.nextInt(32) == 0) {
    (new WorldGenPumpkin()).generate(worldObj, rand, i14, i16, l18)

Which indicates a 1/32 chance of when generating a chunk . From there the code generates a 64 random positions within that chunk, and the positions that match a certain criteria (a block of air with grass below) makes a pumpkin. No mention of any particular biome at all.

Pumpkin generation per biome is random*. Sorry!

*as of 1.5_01

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Just a general question: where is the minecraft code publicly available? (Or is this not from the game code itself, but something else instead?) –  Raven Dreamer May 1 '11 at 1:54
@Raven Since Minecraft is java, the original code is obfuscated but not entirely inaccessible. Using technology like Minecraft Coder Pack, one can "decompile" the .class files and see bits and pieces of minecraft code, like this one. –  authenticgeek May 1 '11 at 2:11
Disassembly then. Thanks for the info. –  Raven Dreamer May 1 '11 at 2:21
So, this might mean that it is pretty unlikely to find in a desert or tundra biome since they are less likely to have grass. –  Zoredache May 1 '11 at 3:31
It's also worth noting that Notch has announced a developer program which will give mod developers (or, presumably, anyone who's curious and agrees to the terms) access to the unobfuscated source. –  Ben Blank May 1 '11 at 4:14
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I've found many near trees (in forest biomes). Maybe you could look there?

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Well, maybe not. I just checked minecraftwiki.net and it didn't say anything about finding pumpkins especially in some biomes. –  user9090 Apr 30 '11 at 21:27
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Well, I’ve found them in a forest most of the time. I have also commonly found them in snow, jungle, and plains.

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You could also look in the forest, close to the ocean or snowy places. They're commonly found here.

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